Smith said Grayson County has several road tiles, gravel roads and blocktop roads to be “washed away” or completely destroyed due to the heavy rains that began May 3, 2009.
A FEMA Declaration was declared on May 29th and Grayson County was included in the federal help for Kentucky counties suffering from the floods. Smith said Grayson County was the only Central Kentucky county to apply for assistance.
Smith said a FEMS representative visited Grayson County to ensure that was enough damage for the county to qualify for FEMA assistance. He said the equation is $3.73 per person per capita. The county is home to 27,000 people, so the amount of damage had to equate to $100,710 worth of damage before FEMA would declare the situation a disaster. Smith said the county’s damage is estimated between $400,000-$500,000. FEMA will be reimbursing the county for the work that will need to be accomplished.
Smith said his office has been busy with the necessary meetings they must attend to be approved for the FEMA declarations and says it will be some time before the money comes, “but it will come is the good thing.”